Climate change & energy

Climate change and energy

cloudsClimate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Rising global temperatures will bring changes in weather patterns, rising sea levels and increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather. The effects will be felt in the UK; internationally there may be severe problems for people in regions that are particularly vulnerable.

We are acting now to adapt to climate change and to reduce the risk by contributing less to the causes. These pages explains what climate change means for the UK and what we are doing about it.

Map of the UKNew Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Government has announced important changes to the responsibilities of Defra, and to BERR, in announcing the creation of a new Department of Energy and Climate Change.  (see Defra news story). For further details see the DECC website.

Latest information
Selected additions to this site and other relevant government websites

What is climate change?
The greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, effects of climate change globally and in the UK

What we are doing in the UK
Information about the Climate Change Bill; the UK Climate Change Programme; initiatives for individuals and business; adapting to climate change; energy issues.

What we are doing internationally
International negotiations including UN Climate Change Conferences; developing countries; the EU, Kyoto Mechanisms and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Adapting to climate change

Evidence & research: science & economics
Links to relevant documents including work on the cost of carbon

Emissions trading
UK and EU emissions trading schemes

See also:

Page last modified: 3 October 2008

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